Sandpaper Or Cotton Ball?

Intent and Impact.

In addition to problem solving, we work on this all year in Kindergarten. And we learn to label behaviors, instead of each other.

There are so many incredible books that give us examples of intent and impact and Think-Pair-Share is the perfect avenue for these discussions. Everyone can be heard.

It’s much easier to discuss a problem and problem solve when the problem is between characters in a book. My Kinder kids can empathize without having their own hurt feelings. They are then free to help brainstorming and collaborating on problem-solving ideas.

We pass around a box that has sandpaper glued on one side and cotton balls on the other. The kids feel both sides and we note their descriptions. They typically include: rough, scratchy, soft, fluffy and nice.

Our conversation will then turn to our words and how they can be sandpaper words or cotton ball words. We connect to the idea of words being either hurtful or helpful. And, we continue to guide them throughout the school year with this vocabulary.

During the week, I’ll read aloud and we’ll label the behaviors and words as either sandpaper or cotton ball. We’ll think like problem solvers and share ideas on how to be more proactive than reactive. We’ll also discuss the importance of self-advocacy and being an upstander instead of a bystander.

Here are the books we’ll be using…

  • Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes)
  • The Recess Queen (Alexis O’Neill/Laura Huliska-Beith)
  • Super Red Riding Hood (Cláudia Davila)
  • The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark (Deborah Diesen/Dan Hanna)
  • Bad Apple – A Tale of Friendship (Edward Hemingway)

We all know how important it is to teach kindness and to really dive deep into what kindness is and what it isn’t.

Most importantly, the kiddos want to be kind. We’ve just got to provide them the words and actions to do so.

Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you have a cotton ball day.